Welcome to the “Pathophysiology of the Placenta” Group, headed by Isabella Ellinger. This group is part of the Department of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research at the Center of  Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology of the Medical University of Vienna in the Austrian capital, Vienna.
The primary aim of my research group is to study uptake/traffic/effects of maternal macromolecules at the materno-fetal interface under physiologic and pathophysiologic conditions.
The second important mission is science education and scientific communication /knowledge dissemination. 
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Here, you can see me with the mascot ”Zotti”, the magical placental creature that once was detected by microscopy, but never showed up again...
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Research topics

Transplacental IgG-Transport:

In situ and in vitro expression of FcRn in placental endothelial cells

(Collaboration with C. Wadsack, MedUniGraz)

Transplacental MeHg – Transfer:

Transport processes across the placenta and metabolism in the placenta determine the fetal exposure to xenobiotics. We try to predict fetal exposure

(Collaboration with H. Salzer (LKH Tulln), C. Gundacker, H. Zeisler (MedUniWien))

Automated Tissue Cytometry:

Validation of segmentaion in automated quantitative immunohistochemistry: Influence of inter-rater variability on in situ quantification of proteins in placental syncytiotrophoblast and fetal endothelial cells

(Collaboration with TissueGnostics GmbH (Vienna), G. Dorffner (MedUniWien)

Blood Pressure:

Melatonin and blood pressure control: Identification and characterization of melatonin receptors in vessels of rats (Collaboration with M.Zeman, Comenius Univ. Bratislava, Slovakia)

PhD Seminars SS 2015

Critical and Creative Journal Club - CCJC: Science Ι Art

Friday at 9.00 p.m., library IPA (4Q)

Stimulating Friday Seminars -SFS:

Friday at 10.15 a.m., library IPA (4Q)

J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Mar 11. pii: S0091-6749(15)00095-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2015.01.006. [Epub ahead of print]

Antibody conjugates bispecific for intercellular adhesion molecule 1 and allergen prevent migration of allergens through respiratory epithelial cell layers.

Madritsch C1, Eckl-Dorna J2, Blatt K3, Ellinger I4, Kundi M5, Niederberger V2, Valent P3, Valenta R1, Flicker S6.


Isabella Ellinger - Department of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research

Carrier day at the HBLVA for chemical Industry Rosensteingasse; Vienna, 19.2.2015

Dr. DI Andrea Pfitzner (Teacher) and  I. Ellinger (co-supervisors of diploma thesis)

DI Monika Brunda (Teacher) and  I. Ellinger (co-supervisors of diploma thesis)

Shall I study medicine?

Scientific communication

Scientific communication

Science education

Forschung hautnah

Isabella Ellinger - Katharina Gelles

Jahr der Forschung

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